In speaking of the arrival of Jesus into this world, John says, “He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.” (John 1:11).
Take a moment and let that statement sink in. Most of us are somewhat familiar with the prophecies spoken by the prophets; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 7:14; Genesis 22:18; Numbers 24:17; Hosea 11:1; Jeremiah 31:15 and others. Why were the “doctors” of the law and the prophets so clueless about the coming of their Messiah and our Savior? Paul says, “Their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:14–15). The means of having their eyes opened was rejected.
The world has rejected Jesus because He is not a powerful, charismatic leader who immediately ascends to position of acclaim, solving all the problems facing the nations and bringing man-made peace. They are not looking for a savior who has “no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He [is] despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he [is] despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:2–3).
What most do not realize is this humble man “God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9–11).
“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God,” (John 1:12). Have you received Him? What I mean is, have you really opened your heart and let the lowly, humble Jesus take possession of your life, so sins are forgiven and you have eternal life through faith in Him? If you have, through this you have a new relationship and a new inheritance!
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